Monday, June 7, 2010

Desultory - Into Eternity

Genre: Death Metal
Country: Sweden
Year: 1993

Here we have some truly fantastic old-school Swedish death metal. I don't it them mentioned much when the topic comes up, which is a shame, because this is really a gem of an album. Into Eternity offers a surprisingly diverse music palette, churning though thrashy riffs, epic melodic passages, and all-out death metal assault, often across the breadth of one song. There is a very big, sprawling feeling to the album, and the production is spot-on, being raw enough to remain visceral and retain a dark atmosphere but clean enough that all the instruments are very clearly audible and, when the music demands it, very heavy. Unfortunately, none of their other albums can hold even a semblance of a candle to this one (and their last release was an abominable groove metal abortion - we're talking Pantera-meets-Shadows-Fall stuff...), but Into Eternity stands as a forgotten classic, and definitely one of my favourite death metal albums.

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